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3 science books for people who are not tech-savvy

 

 

I have never been a huge fan of science fiction, and that’s because I didn’t really come in contact with this genre until I was past the age of 25. I’ve tried my share of Philip K. Dick and Ursula K. Le Guin, but I have always felt like the characters and their actions are always out of context. How should I understand the rules of a completely imaginary world if I don’t become acquainted with its basics?

That’s why I always loathed SF books that start off like the author was in the middle of a sentence when he or she suddenly decided to write a book. An author that I haven’t tried my luck with is H.G. Wells, and I am somehow under the impression that his books were better compared to what’s being published today.

I prefer reading about science instead. As I have little to no knowledge of physics and other domains of this sort, I’ve always been a tad wary when it comes to trying out new titles. I’m going to tell you about three books that have left a mark on me, though.

The World Without Us by Alan Weisman is one of the first apocalyptic books I’ve ever read. The plot is rather simple, in that it deals with New York City after every human on the planet has disappeared. I remember seeing a documentary on YouTube a couple of years ago about the same scenario. In short, there wouldn’t be too many things left of us after a while; there would be dangers lurking in the dark and at every corner. Predators have no means of thriving these days, but that’s only because of us. If you have no patience when it comes to reading, I suggest seeing the documentary as it’s definitely impactful.

The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett is another recommendation I have to make. It came out long before any zombie-related trend, and it deals with infectious diseases and the way they are transmitted. The term is, in fact, emerging diseases; these can affect the entire human population or its development in certain areas.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot is the last book I am going to suggest reading if you are into science, but you are not particularly tech-savvy. Lacks was an African-American woman whose cells were preserved by scientists and experimented upon. Most of cancer and radiation research, gene mapping, and vaccine development of our days are based on those first cells from Henrietta Lacks. The woman was a poor tobacco farmer who had no idea that her cells had been taken from her in such a way.

I hope that this post has helped you and that you’ve learned something new.

Devices that can pique your kid’s interest in science

 

 

The trouble with technology these days is that it does little to nothing when it comes to teaching kids the way things work. Most of the gadgets that we buy for ourselves or for the other members of our family we take for granted, in that you’re probably not going to ask yourself how that tablet that you use for reading every evening was made out.

If we take all of these devices for granted, we learn nothing from the many years that have defined us as a civilized species. I’ve always wondered what sort of experiments and devices we can use to help kids understand the basics of science. Of course, it would be idealistic to think that all children have an interested for this domain, and that’s because it proves to be way too complicated for individuals who are more into areas such as the arts, music, literature, and others of this sort.

It goes without saying that one of the first things you ought to do is learn as much as you can about your child. Try to understand whether he or she is passionate about sci-fi, space exploration, paleontology, history, collectibles, or anything else. Believe it or not, all of these domains have something in common and I’ll tell you what it is. Some examples range from telescopes to microscopes, be they basic or complex.

When your child is still growing up and it would be too difficult for him or her to grasp the workings of optics, I would recommend getting a pair of kidnoculars or just the most basic telescope that you can get your hands on. This way, the child won’t be put off by a more advanced model once you decide that he or she is prepared to handle new and exciting challenges.

 

Microscopes are extremely convenient and versatile, in my opinion. While most people tend to think that they are strictly used for looking at the tissue and cells in biological samples, I would say that they can be used for a wide array of purposes.

Depending on their design, you can utilize them for examining coins, jewelry pieces, watch components, perform some SMD soldering, or any other activity that requires detailed work. Some units are portable, as is the case of handheld USB microscopes. I wouldn’t typically recommend getting one of these, despite the fact that they are particularly easy to use.

They rarely come with high-quality optics as they are not made out of glass. However, in certain situations or when the person using the microscope has little to no experience, as would be the case with a child, USB microscopes can be worth investing in.

 

 

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